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“Pleasant but dated and basic”

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Apartamentos Turisticos Marsol
Ranked #21 of 51 Hotels in Lagos
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Sussex
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“Pleasant but dated and basic”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

First impressions were good. A friendly welcome. Single-storey buildings in a garden, with a small pool. Little traffic noise.

We had a 1-bedroom apartment (bungalow, really) - plenty of room for 2, and would have slept 2 children as well at a pinch.

About 20 minutes' walk from the bus station and the nearest beach. 5-10 minutes' walk from the Intermarche supermarket (which has reliable cash machines, not otherwise easy to find in Lagos).

Wifi works well in the communal lounge, not elsewhere.

So far so good. So why only 3 stars, when other reviewers have given it 4 or 5?

Simply that it looks to have been build in the 1970s, and had little attention since. It looks tired and dated. Our kitchenette was equipped with the absolute basics in terms of plates and cutlery, but no consumables. We even had to buy washing-up liquid and sponges. The (tiny) electric kettle had no auto-off nor switch, so it would boil away merrily till you unplugged it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

The owners provide exceptional, friendly service to ensure your stay is a memorable one. We had an error in our booking and couldn't get a transfer to Faro at the end of our stay but these were swiftly taken care of by them. And not only that, in both instances they gave us a good rate.

Rooms are basic, but very spacious and clean. The facilities are well-kept and the pool is a welcome relief after a hot day. You can get Wi-fi in the lobby area if you need it.

Its in a great location, away from the noise of the town centre but still only a 10 minute walk away. The supermarket is also a short walk up the road. The fantastic beaches are all within walking distance too.

Highly recommend Marsol as a place to stay in Lagos, if I ever make it to Lagos again (I hope so!) I'll stay here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

although it's out of the city wall, the hotel is only 15 minutes walking from the town centre. Other facilities like supermarket and fine restaurant is also nearby.

Kids love the environment: pool and mini golf etc.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

Been here a few times and never changes, always spotless, friendly and welcoming.
Small gound floor appartments with some around pool and garden,
Walk into town, turn left out the entrance, then 1st right down the hill to the old town wall, follow to the left and through the old town entrance and keep going down to town, 10 minutes max, uphill on the way back though....5 euro taxi on a hot day.

Wifi is free in the main building with a tablet if you don’t have one yourself, great little pool, nice BBQ area which should get more use and a children’s play area.
It is more relax than party but that’s a good thing for me as towns 10 minutes away if you fancy a night out.

Will be going back as soon as we can.

Room Tip: Room 10 to 17 round the pool, most are doubles, i think a couple are singles
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

I spent five days in Apartamentos Turisticos Marsol in June 2013, the rooms are really clean and there is a small kitchen. The location is fine... you can walk to the city center in about 10 minutes and to the closest beach in about 20 minutes. The staff/owners are fabulous. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Spent a few days here in June. The apartments were comfortable with plenty of room, the kitchen area was quite small but had most things required to produce a meal. The cleaning staff kept our apatrment in good order, the towels were changed each day, and the reception staff were very pleasent. Plenty of parking spaces. I would recommend this place for a no frills holiday at a reasonable price. Just one thing to be aware of, it is an uphill walk back from the town center and nearest Supermarket so if you have mobility problems and no car you may find it dificult.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

This was a really fantastic place to stay in Lagos. Very comfortable and clean, a 10 minute walk from the beaches and from city center. I never took a cab anywhere, but I'm sure it would have been really cheap. The rooms have a small kitchen, and there is a market right around the corner. No breakfast, but there was a cafe in short walking distance. The people at the front desk were so nice, and they gave fantastic recommendations for things to do both around Lagos and for my drive back up in the coast when I left Lagos. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Apartamentos Turisticos Marsol
Address: Avenida das Comunidades Portuguesas, Lagos 8600-501, Portugal (Formerly Motel Marsol)
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #21 of 51 Hotels in Lagos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Apartamentos Turisticos Marsol 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apartamentos Turisticos Marsol*** - Algarve - Lagos. Located on the western Algarve in the historic city of Lagos. Built in an area of 8.000 m sq, surrounded by eucalypts and garden areas, just one hour away from Faro International Airport, and 1 km away from the town centre. Self-catering apartments: T0, T1 & T2. (Bathroom, Kitchenette, Television, Security Safe, Direct dial telephone and Terrace). Facilities: Swimming pool; Reception/Bar; TV lounge; Children's play area; Mini golf; Barbecue; Parking; Daily cleaning. FREE WIFI IN THE RECEPTION/BAR AREA BUT NOT IN THE ROOMS ... more   less 
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